Web links related to the Back of the Book program of October 27, 2003

It's pretty late Sunday night 11/9/2003 20:55:13 and this page is done at last. This was a rogue pitching program and we begged for money for the station. Folks who fulfill their pledges by November 21, 2003, will get to vote for the new WBAI Local Station Board (LSB), which will have a lot of power over what goes on at WBAI. In fact, not only will folks to send in $25 be eligible to vote for the LSB but you'll be eligible to run for it! More details are below.

Here is the latest on the saga of Pacifica. The big meeting of the interim Pacifica National Board (iPNB) took place in New York City, September 19-21, 2003, at The Synod House of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 110th Street), New York, NY 10025, moved from its previous location of a hotel in midtown.

Mr. Roger Manning from the listener group Coalition for a democratic Pacifica New York (CdPNY) attended and has posted his notes from the meetings, along with other documents on the group's Web site.

As of September 15, 2003, the Pacifica Foundation has new bylaws! More about that here.

WBAI now has a program schedule up on its Web site. The site has gotten many of the individual program pages together to provide links and such, so check it out. Here's a schedule made by a listener who has Web links for various programs and producers.

Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream both of which were working at 11:10 PM last night. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed.

The Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, has revamped its Web site and now has something called the Pacifica Lounge where you can post messages about Pacifica, WBAI and other Pacifica radio stations. This may be a good thing, and of course there are other, long term fora in which to participate.

WBAI also has a forum on its Web site now. You have to register to post messages, but anyone may read the messages.

We're pitching tonight, and since the obstructions to adopting the new Pacifica bylaws have been overcome you may vote if you give the station $25 or more. The pledge number is 212-209-2950. Of course a regular one year subscription is $50, but $25 or more gets you a vote. If a couple pledges $50 they both get to vote.

UPDATE: We raised $1,015 on this rogue pitching shift program. Thanks to all who pledged, and remember to get your payment of the pledge in before November 21, date of record so you can vote.

Here's more on this voting thing and how it relates to the marathon and you!

Subject: [WBAI-EC] Court Approved Elections Schedule
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 16:09:06 -0000
From: "Carol Spooner" <wildrose@pon.net>
To: WBAI-EC@yahoogroups.com

The deadline for membership ("record date") is November 21st

Here is the Court Approved Elections Time Line:

1) Nominations of Delegates shall open on September 15, 2003 and shall close on December 5, 2003.

2) Ballots and candidates' written statements shall be mailed to the members on January 5, 2004.

3) To be counted, completed ballots must be received by the Elections Supervisor no later than February 5, 2004 (the "Election Close Date").

4) The ballots shall be counted and the results certified by the Elections Supervisor no later than February 12, 2004. 5) The newly elected Delegates for each station area shall meet to elect Foundation directors between February 17 and 19, 2004.

6) The newly elected Pacifica Directors shall be seated at the first meeting of the new National Board on the weekend of March 12-14, 2004.

7) If a Local Station Board election fails to achieve a quorum of votes by the Election Close Date of February 5, 2004, the Close Date for that station area only shall be extended for two weeks to February 19, 2004. The ballots shall be counted and the election results for that station area shall be certified by February 26, and the newly elected Delegates for that station area shall meet to elect Foundation directors between March 2 and 4, 2004. If at least one Local Station Board election must be so extended, the newly elected Pacifica Directors shall be seated at the first meeting of the new National Board on the weekend of March 26-28.

8) Based on the bylaws provision that the record date for determining members eligible to vote shall be 45 days before ballots are mailed, the record date for the transition election shall be November 21, 2003.

We also have this from the WBAI elections coordinator.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * PLEASE POST * * * * * * * * * * * *

Having trouble finding WBAI members to sign your petition to become a candidate?

Want to meet potential candidates face to face before you sign their petition?

Just want to be in the company of other WBAI fanatics like yourself?

Then come to the first Petition Signing Event

November 8th WBAI Station Noon-5:00PM

If you want to help plan the petition signing events in New Jersey, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester, and Queens call the election supervisor at (718) 453-1721 or email her at joywilliams@att.net

You can host your own petition-signing event. As long as the event is open to ALL potential candidates and ALL listeners in your area. Call for more details (718) 453-1721 or email joywilliams@att.net


We mostly pitched on this program, We did do one E-mail, however, and that was from Susan from Booklyn who sent us in a large check to kick things off. We also read snail mail from three other listeners who sent in checks to get things going. thanks to them and to all of you who pledged! It does make a difference.

Subject: pitching this month
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 23:04:08 EDT
From: Susan from Booklyn
To: rpm@glib.com

Dear R Paul and Pickles, This is your listener, Susan from Booklyn. I listen to the show on tape. That means I'll be sleeping while you are pitching. I would like to donate $200.00 to the show. I was wondering if that was enough money to be used as a matching fund. Well anyway, I want to know who I would send a check to, so you would have it in time when you do actually pitch. And who do I make it out to? Please get back to me as soon as possible as I have been not feeling well lately and would hate not being able to get it to you on time. Thanks in advance for your time. Susan

And it sure did make a matching fund, which helped us raise dough at the beginning of the program. I hope Susan feels better!

There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even now that the gag rule has been lifted. However, there is the Internet! There are mailing lists which you can subscribe to and Web based message boards devoted to WBAI and Pacifica issues. Many controversial WBAI/Pacifica issues are discussed on these lists.

Probably the most popular list that's sprung up is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. This one is very lively and currently includes over 400 subscribers coast to coast.

Being lively, of course, it sometimes also gets a bit nasty. All sorts of things are happening on this list and official announcements are frequently posted there.

You can look at the NewPacifica list here, and you can join the list from that Web page too. If you subscribe to the “NewPacifica” mailing list you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list.

There is the option to receive a “digest” version of the list, which means that a bunch of messages are bundled into one E-mail and sent to you at regular intervals, this cuts down on the number of E-mails you get from the list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.

This list also has a Web based interface where you can read messages and from which you can post your own messages.

There is also the more WBAI specific “Goodlight” Web based message board. It is sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as “the bleepin' blue board,” owing to the blue background used on its Web pages. This one has many people posting anonymously and there's also an ancillary “WBAI people” board that's just totally out of hand.

When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.

And then there is the historic “Free Pacifica!” list, which has been used to help organize resistance to Pacifica Management hijackers since the mid-90s. It's become a low volume mailing list because it's been eclipsed by some of the newer, more technologically advanced, lists. Just click on this link and follow the instructions, and you'll be subscribed. This is a mailing list only, it doesn't have a digest option nor does it have a web interface.

My voice mail number at WBAI is 212-209-2996. Leave a message.

You can also send me E-mail.

WBAI related links

Free Pacifica Web site

WBAI Listeners' Web page

WBAI Management's official Web site

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